Thursday, December 1, 2016

Tween Support Group!

New Tween Group!
We are dedicated to supporting our Holt-Sunny Ridge families for life — through every age and stage. And recently, we’ve heard a lot of you ask for a program especially for your tween-aged kids… 

So we are very excited to announce a brand new Tween Adoptee Group at Holt-Sunny Ridge!

Starting on December 13, we invite all 11 to 14-year-olds to come together for a fun, interactive time that focuses on building self worth. The group will be led by Carly Schrimpl, LCSW, and will take place from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at our office in Bolingbrook the second Tuesday of each month. While tweens meet, parents can also meet together at our office. 

Click here to register for the first Tween Adoptee Group on December 13! The cost is $20 per child, and space is limited. 

If you have any questions, please contact Pam Shepard, Supervisor of Clinical Services, at or 630-754-4523.
We hope to see you there!
270 Remington Blvd, Suite D
Bolingbrook, Illinois 60440

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Adopteen Midpoint Retreat in Oregon!

Registration for the Adopteen Midpoint Retreat in Oregon is open!

Adopteen focuses on providing positive, face to face opportunities for teen adoptees ages 13 and up.  It’s a chance to meet other adoptees in a casual and positive environment that is organized and led by young adult adoptees!  We host events throughout the year and travel to a different part of the country each time.  We strive to make new friends, and take pride in who we are and where we come from.

Midpoint is a chance for adoptees to get a quick taste of Adopteen.  It’s a whole Camp-Conference packed into a long weekend - a small dose of all the fun a Camp-Conference has to offer.  We will be going to Gresham, Oregon this year, which is 30 minutes outside of Portland, from January 14-16th. We are excited to be surrounded by the beautiful woods for our outdoor adventure!

Click below for a quick overview of what our Camp-Conferences have to offer!

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You can find out more information about Adopteen Midpoint Oregon by clicking here.

For more information about Adopteen and to register, visit or email

Kate Cruz | Program Assistant
6920 S. Holly Circle, Centennial, CO 80112 | (303) 850-9998 x14 | 


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Monday, November 21, 2016

Young Adult Adoptee Group!

Upcoming Group - December 6th

Young Adult Adoptee Group

This event is for older teens and adults (15 years old or older) who would like to discuss adoption-related topics in a safe and open environment. Parents can also attend a separate group simultaneously, led by a licensed therapist (no fee for parents, but please RSVP). Discussions will range in topics from:
    • peer relationships, 
    • launching out of their parents home, 
    • college/career, 
    • and other adoption related issues.
Facilitated by Pam Shepard, LCSW and an adult-adoptee.  
December 6, 2016
Tuesday, 6:30pm to 8:00pm


Holt-Sunny Ridge Children's Services
270 Remington Blvd 
Suite D 
Bolingbrook, IL 60440


Holt-Sunny Ridge | 630-754-4500 |

Monday, November 14, 2016

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Tour!

CASA 101: Basics of CASA in 15 minutes
Monday, December 5, 2016
5:30 pm
CASA of McHenry County Office 
70 N. Williams St., Suite B, Crystal Lake, IL
You are invited to the CASA Office on Monday, December 5 at 5:30 pm for a 15 minute "tour" of our work. If you have ever wondered what CASA does or are curious how you can get involved, this invite is for you. We are excited to share our impact and how you can be a part of it.  
15 minutes of your time is all it takes to change a child's life. 
Share this email with someone you think would like to join us!
Light refreshments provided.
 Can't make it? Give the office a call at 779-994-4398 or email


Thursday, November 10, 2016

New Video Series for Adoptive Parents!

A 14 Video Series with Study Guide

ROOTED is Now Available! 

After much anticipation and by God’s grace, we are pleased to announce that the ROOTED online video course and companion study guide is now available! 

Many families with adopted children are struggling and some are even falling apart. These struggling families are in your church. They may be in your extended family. Or maybe you would raise your hand and say, “we need some help ourselves.”In our ministry to equip churches to help orphans, Hope for Orphans has seen the growing need for parenting resources for adoptive families. ROOTED is an answer to this need. 

The ROOTED online course and companion study guide are designed for parents anywhere in the adoption process, whether you are considering adoption for the first time or have had your children in your family for years. It’s also designed to be used by church orphan ministries, adoption/foster care agencies, and biblical counselors.

ROOTED provides hope-filled, gospel-focused exhortations from teachers like Paul Tripp and Voddie Baucham, as well as practical advice from experts like the director of the Mayo Clinic’s center for holistic health, the leader of the Play Therapy Institute at Texas State University and the President of the Association of Biblical Counselors.
“Full of sound biblical teaching and wisdom, along with practical tips and counseling expertise. I highly recommend this as a guide as you seek to nurture your kids and lead them to Jesus.”—Josh McDowell, author and speaker

“A phenomenal, gospel-driven resource that I hope ends up in the hands of every family that has adopted or is thinking about adoption.”—Matt Carter, Pastor of Preaching, The Austin Stone Community Church, Austin, Texas
“Honest. Authentic. Gritty. Biblical.”—John Fuller, Co-Host, Focus on the Family. Founding Board Member, CAFO

To learn more or to purchase the videos and workbooks for your church, family, or organization, visit

Sunday, October 30, 2016

The Most Anticipated Event of the Year!

In honor of Orphan Sunday, bring your kids to this family friendly event, and  help with hands-on projects that will serve vulnerable children in our community!


Pizza! Movie! Princesses! Superheroes!
Prizes! Photo Ops!
FREE admission when you RSVP Here.

Section Communities and Willow Creek's Vulnerable Children's Ministry, Safe Families for Children, Trafficking Ministry, Refugee Ministry, Kids Hope, Royal Family Kids Camp, & Angel Tree join together for the first time to bring you the most anticipated event of the year!

We are bringing a message of hope to the true superheros in the world today, orphans & vulnerable children!!!!

  Saturday, November 5th at 3PM

Willow Creek Community Church, So. Barrington, IL

Participate in hands-on projects that will serve orphans and children at risk! Kids are invited to walk through Activity Stations to help us complete the projects with help from their favorite Super Heroes and Princesses.

We will provide the supplies, pizza dinner with Movie Feature: Tangled, entertainment, drawings, prizes, and interactive live Storytime Show! Our favorite characters will help kids understand how much courage it takes to follow their dreams and be heroes! The Storytime interactive show starts directly after Willow's 5:30PM Love Everyone, Always message. 

It's all FREE, but you must RSVP! For a complete schedule of activities, click here!

Please share this email, or invite friends on Facebook

See you there!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Give Yourself A Break!

Parents' Night Out

We'll take care of your kiddos while you take care of you!

Saturday, October 22, from 5 - 8pm

Church of the Resurrection
935 W. Union Ave.
Wheaton, IL 60187

Does your child have a costume they love to wear? For this parents' night out, our children's activities will be costume themed! Dressing up is welcomed, but not required.
Every parent struggles to find those peaceful moments to savor some hot coffee, read a good book, spend time in silence with God, or plan a date night with your spouse. So let us help you! We've planned a fun-filled night for your children while you enjoy a night out. Drop your children off after 5 pm and pick them up before 8 pm. All children are welcome.

**Please bring your children fed. We will NOT be providing dinner**

Things to do in the Wheaton/Glen Ellyn Area:
Coffee shops: River City Roasters, Starbucks, Blackberry Market

Restaurants: Gia Mia, Mai Thai, A Toda Madre, Front Street Cantina, Bricks Wood Fire Pizza, India Palace, Muldoon's, Fire and Wine, Ivy Restaurant, Suzette's Creperie, Tasting Devine
 Movie theater: Glen Art Theater, AMC

Arts & Crafts: Out on a Whim (Paint your own Pottery)

**Please RSVP no later than October 18**
Donations of either $10 or $15 per family to cover childcare costs are welcomed, but not required
Any Questions? Contact Hollee at